Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Am I back??

I realize it has been nearly 5 years since I last posted here and it is very possible that no one will see this or care but I felt like writing it anyway.  I spent years on this blog and it was an escape for me.  It was something to participate in from the comfort of my home, any time night or day.  I made friends, I had a small following and I enjoyed it...so why did I suddenly disappear?

I am not completely sure why I stopped when I did exactly but I can tell you a LOT has happened since that time.  If this is your first time here let me catch you up just a little by saying I am a nurse.  That in and of itself is a stressful thing.  In early 2015 I was married and working in a home health job that was taking up a LOT of time and causing me a lot of stress.  By August I had started a new job that I loved in a call center but that required me to drive over an hour to work each way.  There was a lot going on in my life personally for quite some time and somewhere along the way I just decided I was no longer happy so, I left in early 2016.  I moved back in with my dad (not where I wanted to be in my mid-30's) until I found a place of my own.

Going through a divorce took a toll on my relationship with my family which was also difficult.  During that time, I managed find my own place, keep the same job I started, and started dating again (what a series of stories this was!) and eventually met a great guy and got married again faster than really anyone thought I should.

A few months later a new job opportunity came as a director in an assisted living facility in the same city I was already working in.  I was struggling with the schedule I was working along with some other very minor issues so since this was an advancement for me, I took it.  This began the year from HELL.  I tried, I really tried to make it work but the environment was so toxic and the turnover was unlike anything I had ever seen even at the upper levels of the organization.  I promised myself I would make it for a year because I was never one to hop from job to job.  I had stayed in touch with some of the managers from the call center job I worked and even though I knew historically they did not hire people back once they left, regardless of the reason, I reached out anyway and was told there was a position if I wanted it, but I would have to start back at the bottom.

I barely made it through that year but I did and was able to go back to the job I had loved with the same team that had always been so positive and supportive of one another.  It was an adjustment because going from a director level back to an entry level position of course meant a pay cut but it was worth it for my sanity.  Now, just over a year later, I am still with the same company, same team and am now a supervisor and still loving it.  When it comes to nursing, finding a team that is positive and supportive, doesn't back stab or gossip about each other is nearly unheard of.

These past five years has brought a lot of ups and downs and painting my nails and blogging about it was the last thing on my mind.  I have started painting my nails again occasionally but nothing like what I was doing before and I'm not sure I will ever get back to that.  I am still active on Pinterest and still love following the nail art community.  Will I be back to posting new content every day? Not super likely but you never know.  If there is still anyone who wants to see it, leave me a comment and let me know you are still out there!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Patriotic Nails

I know, I know, I'm a day late!  I was on Pinterest last week looking for some inspiration for my toes and found this pin which I had seen before but somehow hadn't pinned.  At any rate, I used the inspiration for my toes.  I did some much simpler designs for my nails through the week and decided to match the toes for the weekend.  I really wanted to find the source of the image and give proper credit but even an image search was not helpful.  So just know these are not my original design and if you know who I should give credit to, let me know in the comments!

For these I used Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (original), OPI Over and Over A-Gwen, and Zoya Snow White.  The anchor is one of my own vinyl decals made smaller to fit the design and all topped with 
Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat.  These were really quite easy to do, so much so that I may use the design and use other colors...I'm thinking mint and navy with pale gray....

Friday, July 3, 2015

Giveaway Winners!

I am feeling rather generous this weekend (three day weekend, how could I not?!) so I decided to choose three winners rather than just one!  They have been contacted via email, I will give each a couple of days to respond, if I don't hear from someone, I will choose another winner in their place.  Thank you all for your entries and support and congrats to the winners!

*Note: Winners were chosen via random.org and will be posted in the original post once they have all responded. :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Custom Monogram Nails - with GIVEAWAY!!

If you follow me on Facebook you know I have had a new project in the works for a while. It has taken me a bit longer to get up and running than I initially planned but I am pleased to let you all know I have opened my own Etsy shop selling custom nail vinyls!  I am starting out with a few listings and will be adding more as time goes on so be sure to check in regularly and see what I have to offer!
I wanted to start with my favorites, the custom monograms.  For these, I started out using some of my single skinny chevrons

Then went back and added the monograms.  These are available in a variety of colors, shown here in mint.

To celebrate the grand opening of my store, I will be hosting a giveaway here on my blog as well as on some others down the line.  Check out the details below for how to enter, good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Looking Brighter

Sorry I've been gone for a while guys, just sort of lost my way for a while.  Life was getting complicated and some adjustments had to be made but it seems to be looking brighter now.  I've been able to get back into the swing of things and hopefully will be able to post regularly again which I am excited about!  For today I have a bright look featuring China Glaze Flying Dragon and Aqua Baby. I love the way these two look together!

Added blue tips and matte topcoat.  Which look is your favorite?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Zoya Tiana Swatch and Review

Tiana is from the new Spring collection by Zoya, Delight.  I restrained myself this time and didn't order the entire collection, though I may end up with the remaining 3 when all is said and done. Tiana is a gorgeous minty green cream shade perfect for a subtle nod to St. Patrick's Day without going all out or adding any art.  Simple, crisp and screams of spring!  Two simple coats, topped with HK Girl as usual.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

St. Paddy's Day Dotticure

Kind of in love with how this one turned out.  This wasn't exactly what I had in my head when jotting down ideas but once I started this is what happened and I am pleased with the result. Base is Zoya Snow White with dots in Starbord from China Glaze and Zoya Jancyn.  These dotting tools are a great way to get starting with dotticures!

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